Thursday, August 7, 2014

Vol State Grad Coordinates International Program at Vandy

Vol State and University of Memphis graduate, Shannon White is now Program Coordinator for the Hubert H. Humphrey (HHH) Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University. The program brings in visiting scholars from across the globe. They learn about the American educational system and share knowledge from their home country. Vol State has been involved in the Humphrey Fellowship program with Vanderbilt for several years. The Fellows visit the Vol State campuses each year to share international insights with students.

“Vol State has been involved with the program since 2009 and each year we continue to be excited about the opportunities the partnership provides to our campus and to Vol State students,” said Anne-Marie Ruttenbur, coordinator of International Education at Vol State. “A few years ago, Vol State was officially named a Humphrey Associate Campus; one of only four associate campuses in the country.”

Shannon recently organized one of the first events of the year, the Friendship Family Dinner. The Friendship Family Dinner is the first opportunity for the HHH Fellows to meet the Friendship Families who will work with them throughout the year.  George and Beverly Wilson from Vol State were in attendance and are taking part in the program. George knows Shannon well from her days as a student here. Anne-Marie remembers the role travel study played in Shannon’s Vol State experience.

"Shannon's desire for global learning was fostered when she traveled to Greece with TnCIS/Vol State to study philosophy," said Anne-Marie. "Being able to engage in learning on foreign soil opens the mind."
The Fellows will be on the main campus on August 27 beginning at 8:45 a.m. in the Ramer Building for our annual Kick-off event showcasing “What is a Community College.” Dr. Faulkner will provide a welcome in the Carpeted Dining Room at 9 a.m. with presentations from various departments following.

Pictured: (left-to-right) the new Friendship Family for a visiting Fellow from Brazil: Kelly Hill, Comptroller of the Tennessee Treasury Office; Kelly Cardoza, Humphrey’s Fellow from Brazil; Shannon White, George Wilson, and Beverly Wilson.

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